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St.Mirren sign Keith Watson until January

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St.Mirren have signed former Hibernian and Dundee United right back Keith Watson on a short term deal until January to bolster their defence.

Watson, who spent last season on loan at Hibernian from Dundee United, could make his debut at Cappielow on Friday night in the Renfrewshire derby against Morton.

The 25-year-old was signed to bolster the Buddies defences following the long term injury to Jason Naismith – who is expected to be out for around six months.

Speaking to the official St.Mirren website, manager Ian Murray said: “Keith was someone we looked at a couple of weeks ago in terms of someone who could play several positions and once we knew we needed a right-back in he was our first name. To get it done now in time for tomorrow is great.

“We’ve signed him, he’s ready to go, he’s fit and that’s the main thing so he certainly comes into our thoughts for tomorrow night.

“We needed someone to come in and play in that area and play in that position so to get someone of Keith’s calibre, pedigree and experience is great.”

Watson was a product of the Dundee United youth setup and made over 151 appearances for Dundee United scoring 11 goals. He was loaned to Hibernian for the second half of last season making nine appearances.

He had been linked with a permanent move to the Easter Road side, but picked up an injury in pre-season and has now signed for St.Mirren.

Watson added: “It’s been a long summer and I’m absolutely delighted to come here, do well for St Mirren and hopefully get as much games as I can.

“I’d done quite a bit of training with Hibs over the summer and got quite a lot of running there and I was also in Aberdeen for a couple of weeks and trained with them so I think my fitness will be fine.”

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